Verona Blood by Lili St. Germain
Series: CALIFORNIA BLOOD #1
Published by Self-published on May 29, 2018
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An arranged marriage. A brutal abduction.
And a love so forbidden, it might destroy them both.
San Francisco is going to burn if the coveted princess of California’s criminal underworld isn’t returned to her family in one piece …
Avery Capulet is missing.
Taken by a madman. Kept in the dark.
She might not survive.
He’ll use her body. Destroy her mind. All before he ever lays a hand on her.
Rome Montague is a drug dealer. A criminal. A thief.
And he needs the secrets Avery and her family are keeping – even if it means cutting them out of her pretty Capulet flesh.
Rome Montague is missing – but nobody will miss him.
Not that it matters; After the things he’s done to this girl, he doesn’t deserve to be found.
Prepare to step into the dark and bloody underworld of California, as Lili St. Germain brings you a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, in the same vein as her bestselling Gypsy brothers series.
Verona Blood, set in the criminal underbelly of San Francisco, follows two warring families who are ruled by blood, power and twisted desire.
With the promise of a dark Romeo and Juliet story promoted to readers who enjoyed reading Gypsy Brothers, I was ready. Patiently waiting for some months, I devoured Verona Blood in two sittings. I could have easily read through without stopping but I needed to stop to feed the family.
Verona Blood is graphic and raw. Basically if you have any triggers, I would advise you to think twice before reading it. If you survived Gypsy Brothers and have still been looking for something more in that ilk, then you won’t want to miss series. Rating this book was hard, because there is so much more of the story to be told.
What has transpired so far left me referring back to the synopsis, wondering if I had somehow misread what it said but I realised I hadn’t. The only explanation I can muster is that mind games are at play. There is no way to justify this further without giving away too much of the story.
Avery is the only character I can mention without giving away the story that’s been told so far. Her life has been mapped out for her as a means to ensure the succession of the family business. She accepts her fate with a deep held helpless bitterness, with her options having been made for her years earlier. A feisty, strong willed character but I was desperate for her to find a way to fight harder.
I need to be very clear there is a cliffhanger ending. My theories on who or whom is behind the drama are full of suspects. Scarily, I believe it’s possible there is no way we could guess the perpetrators behind the savagery because they haven’t been mentioned in the story as yet.
Verona Blood left me wanting more, so much so I debated whether I could rate the story based on what has been told thus far. It didn’t take me long to settle with the rating I had mentally held in keep throughout the story. My only reason for holding back was the story came to a sudden unexpected halt. The final scene left me floored, I need the next part of this story as I can’t wait to discover who has masterminded the upheaval of the Capulet family.
What I struggled with:
- The final scene
- The abrupt ending/cliffhanger
What I loved:
- The action-packed, fast moving story
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